The Santa Barbara Girls Lacrosse Association is a non-profit California 501(c)(3) organization formed in 2015 with the goal to grow youth girls lacrosse in Santa Barbara County. We provide instruction, competitive playing opportunities and after-school programs, while building community relationships that result in increased support for young girls interested in playing lacrosse.
Santa Barbara Girls Lacrosse Association aims to provide the best experience possible for the girls in its programs. It is the goal of our association that through team building, fun games, competition and character building we can instill a sense of accomplishment, foster life-long friendships, promote healthy living habits and build leadership skills that will carry well beyond each player's time with the SBGLA. Additionally, the SBGLA seeks to provide opportunities for everyone who wants to play.
Our Board of Directors
Santa Barbara Girls Lacrosse Association is operated by an all-volunteer Board of Directors. The Board aims to implement Our Mission and instill a love and enthusiasm for lacrosse across Greater Santa Barbara.
Robert Ball is in his third year on the SBGLA Board of Directors. He is the Treasurer for the SBGLA and he is Chair of the Finance Committee. Robert is a past Vice-President of and co-founder of the SBGLA with Jeannette Biava Villapiano and Paul Ramsey. Robert and his wife Tammy have two daughters, Avery and Delaney, who fell in love with lacrosse at a younger age than most West Coast girls. Robert became involved in lacrosse while living in Seattle and managed Avery's club team. He witnessed the rapid growth of the sport in the Pacific Northwest and he's interested in contributing to Santa Barbara youth lacrosse at all levels. Past SBGLA contributions include overseeing programs, website maintenance, marketing and communications. Robert attended Cal Poly Pomona and is employed as Director of Digital Analytics at Sonos in downtown Santa Barbara.
Dawn Battles is in her first year on the Board of Directors and is Secretary for the SBGLA. Dawn works at Raytheon and is the Sourcing Operations Manager. Previously she was Director of Programs at Kellstrom Defense / Merex Aircraft Company. Dawn just completed two years serving as Secretary on the Roosevelt Elementary Education Foundation (REEF) and 3 years as the Roosevelt Rose Run Chair raising funds for essential computer, PE, field trips and after school programs. Past volunteer experience includes time with the Peace Education and Awareness Center as well as with Kids4Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. Dawn graduated from UCSB with a degree in Political Science. Her involvement with the organization comes about as a result of her daughter Olivia being a SBGLA player.
Jim Buttimer is in his first year serving on the SBGLA Board and is a member of the Programs Committee. Jim works for Glassdoor as an advisor after having been the Vice President for Business Development at the same company. Between Glassdoor roles he provided Business Development for LogicMonitor. Jim earned his Bachelors in Economics & Public Policy at Duke University before getting his MBA at Cornell University in the SC Johnson Graduate School Of Management.
Jim joined the board because his daughter plays lacrosse. Haley is a SBGLA player who also plays for Mission Lacrosse Club.
Dina Clapinski is in her first year serving on the SBGLA Board of Directors and is Chair of the Outreach Committee. Dina is an event planner by profession. She is Owner & Founder for two companies. One is Be Food Smart and the other is On The Bride's Side. Both operate in Santa Barbara County. Previously she was Director of Human Resources for Bargain Network, Inc. in Goleta. Dina graduated from UCSB and holds a degree in Communication.
Dina is on the board as a result of her daughter's involvement playing the game. Linnea is a SBGLA player who attends Goleta Family School on the Foothill Elementary School campus.
Dr. Catherine Pomposi is in her first year of serving on the SBGLA Board of Directors. She is currently a postdoctoral research scientist at the University of California Santa Barbara. Dr. Pomposi earned her PhD in 2017 from Columbia University in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. She studies regional precipitation variations, particularly in West Africa, in order to increase understanding and help build resiliency of local populations to environmental conditions.
Dr. Pomposi is passionate about being involved with her adopted local community. An avid lacrosse player, she grew up in Connecticut and played in her town’s league for years before playing high school and club lacrosse at UConn. Dr. Pomposi is volunteering with SBGLA because she loves lacrosse and wants to help inspire and empower a new generation of girls through opportunities with the sport.
Catherine is on the board because of her experience as a coach for SBGLA.
Kristine Sperling is President for the SBGLA and Chair of the Executive Committee. This is her first year on the Board of Directors for the SBGLA. Kristine and her husband Dan own and operate the local company Makes 3 Organics. Her past experience includes work as an attorney at Latham & Watkins and a member of the Board of Directors for the Madison Children's Museum. Kristine earned her law degree at the University of Wisconsin. Before that she earned her bachelors in Psychology at University of Wisconsin and studied abroad for a year at Imperial College in London.
Kristine is volunteering with the SBGLA because her daughter Alice, who is a player in the SBGLA, loves playing lacrosse. She would like to be part of creating more opportunities for more girls to play in Santa Barbara.
Dr. Susan Zapalac
Susan Zapalac is in her first year serving on the SBGLA Board of Directors and is on the Finance Committee. She is a Emergency Physician at Cottage Hospital and with South Coast Emergency Medical Services. Susan attended Medical School at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. From there she completed her residency at the University of Southern California Medical Center. Her undergraduate degree was a BS in Kinesiology from UCLA. After UCLA Susan worked at NASA supporting Life Science experiments on the Space Shuttle and MIR programs.
Susan became involved with the SBGLA after her daughter Mia became a lacrosse player during Spring League 2017. Her interests lie with promoting health & wellness for athletes.
Parent and Player Expectations
SBGLA believes that overall success of our youth athlete is highly dependent on parental involvement and example. Parents play a critical role in shaping and supporting the athlete. Also, youth sports allow young athletes to grow as responsible leaders and teammates. As such, SBGLA parents and players are expected to meet certain levels of behavior.
As a Parent please strive to:
- Have your child to practice promptly. Consistently arriving late to practices is disruptive to the other players, and disrespectful to the coaches who have a limited amount of time to accomplish their practice plan.
- Ensure that your child has all necessary equipment including water bottle, prior to the first practice.
- Whenever possible, avoid carrying equipment and doing work for players. We want players who are responsible/accountable for themselves.
- Encourage your child to pick up their stick and work on their lacrosse skills at home.
- Offer your child praise and positive recognition so they can play their very best
- Don't give instructions to your child during the game - LET THE COACHES COACH
- Cheer good plays by both teams.
- Never criticize another player (our team or opposing team)
- IF you think an official makes an incorrect call, be silent.
- Don't do anything in the heat of the moment that you will regret after the game.
- Hold SBGLA responsible for creating a safe, healthy environment for your child's development
- Contribute to your child's lacrosse development by donating, or asking how you can get involved
As a Player please strive to:
- Attend all practices and always arrive early for practices and games
- Respect your coaches, teammates, team administrators, and referees
- Listen to your coaches.
- Never argue with referees or opposing players
- Support your fellow lax teammates on and off the field
- Celebrate your teammates successes
- Help your teammates learn from mistakes or shortcomings in a positive way
- Find opportunities to play lacrosse when you have free time at home or with friends
- Play to the best of your ability and HAVE FUN!
Our Coaches and Referees
|Ellwood (M & W)||8 & Under||Cristina Hummer & Tatiana Casci|
|Ellwood (M & W)||10 & Under||Melody Alvarez|
|Ellwood (M & W)||12 & Under||Jordan Kuchta|
|Foothill (M & W)||8 & Under||Jun Ong|
|Foothill (M & W)||10 & Under||Jessica Delgadillo|
|Foothill (M & W)||12 & Under||Amelia Buckley|
|La Colina (M & W)||14 & Under||Jessica Gastelum & Chloe Chase|
|Montecito (M & W)||8 & Under||Ellie Martin|
|Montecito (M & W)||10 & Under||Dane McCormick & Alex Dessouky|
|Peabody (T & Th)||8 & Under||Julie Moon|
|Peabody (T & Th)||10 & Under||Hayden Shinn|
|Peabody (T & Th)||12 & Under||Cameron Gordon|
|Roosevelt (T & Th)||8 & Under||Kacy Tran|
|Roosevelt (T & Th)||10 & Under||Kelly Boyle|
|Roosevelt (T & Th)||12 & Under||Mariell Sabado|
|Washington (T)||8, 10 & Under||Bella Rivas (Tuesdays)|
|Washington (T)||8, 10 & Under||Taylan Alves (Thursdays)|
|Washington (T & Th)||12 & Under||Shanna McCullough|
|Specialist||Game Day Extra Help||Dos Pueblos H.S. Players|
|Specialist||Curriculum Coordinator||Catherine Pomposi|
|Specialist||Referees||Channel Coast Women's Lacrosse Officials|
- 8U = 1st & 2nd graders, 10U = 3rd & 4th graders, 12U = 5th & 6th graders, 14U = 7th & 8th graders.
- M = Monday, T = Tuesday, W = Wednesday, Th = Thursday, F = Friday, Sa = Saturday.